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Get Up, Stand Up! These Are The Five Essential Gigs For Your Weekend

By evanmusgrave

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am


Ah, Autumn.

Not quite cans by the canal weather, not quite the time for Uniflu to listen to Aunt Nora's opinions on the new roundabout by the church whilst contemplating another leftover turkey sandwich.

A perplexing season; no-man's land, perhaps.

The safest bet for a sound passage through it all is simply to have riotous fun, and, as scientists and unscientific folk are at pains to point out: going to deadly gigs seriously contribute to the advancement of fun. Fact.

Once again there's a heap of quality live music going on in the city, and once again we've stepped in to provide you with a handy condensed list of the best. Have a gawk at our pick of the bunch below!


Matador & Paco Osuna @ District 8

Local lad Gavin Lynch AKA Matador's rise in the techno world is an inspiration to all aspiring producers out there.

Having carefully learned the ropes as a sound engineer in the city, Lynch started releasing a series of well-received singles before his infectious beats and his promotional hustle earned him a place as part of the legendary Minus label.

A hometown gig with Spanish ace Paco Osuna's deep, brooding, thumping tunes looks like a whopper set up and a seriously tasty Friday night gig to get your weekend motoring!


Alias (+ Guests) @ Turk's Head Downstairs

Dat near-vintage London sound coming to a dance floor near you soon (Turk's Head, Saturday, to be precise).

This guy is a revered grime/bass producer, having released many a pioneering track in the early 2000s which have helped make the scene what it is today.

This weekend he visits our Emerald Isle to serve up a three course meal of grime with a side of serrrrrrious bass.

Beardyman @ Opium Rooms

Calling Beardyman's shows intense is like calling the royal family posh, or Eamon Dunphy confused: it's stating the bloody obvious but nonetheless involves fascination.

London's Darren Foreman is an expert beatboxer and a whizz at navigating music technology, he brings both of these aspects to his incredible and unique live shows, dazzling with futuristic sounds.

This is live music of the type that really doesn't come around very often, and you'd be well advised to head down to Opium Rooms to check it out!

Skream & Omar S @ District 8

Skream has been around the block and back, having developed from dubstep prodigy status to more Disco-inclined forays in recent years.

His 2013 Boiler Room is the perfect example of a quality live set. Now just picture something like that, except in a bigger room, with no cameras to capture all our dance moves and you've got the picture.

Omar S is an ideal accompaniment; indeed these guys are no strangers to pairing up together. Omar's spacey Detroit sound allows for a cosmic experience when played to a large dance floor. This promises to be an absolute stomper!

Nighthowl: Loop Culture, Fun With Ropes & Kinds @ Whelans

A healthy dose of emerging Irish music taking place in one of the city's best venues for this type of thing.

Loop Culture are a very promising local act, bringing a refreshing jangly indie rock sound to the table with mature lyrics, all topped off by lead singer's wonderful, multifaceted voice.

This is sure to a lively gig and one these acts are absolutely buzzing for, make sure to pop on down to Whelans to support 'em!


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